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1968 Shelby GT 500 KR # 04447

This is an original Candy Apple Red KR with black interior and automatic transmission. It is in the Shelby registry and I have quite a bit of documentation which I will list for you.  I have a deluxe Marti Report, original Eminger report and the Shelby order form showing how the car was to be built. I also have another sheet of paper from Eminger showing the last few Shelby’ built in 1968 ; where their going and what date they were shipped out to the various dealers. This KR was sent to King Motor Company in Anniston Alabama. It appears by the copies of various titles I have that it then went to Oklahoma and then came to Texas.  It has a great body, frame and floors plus very nice paint as you can see by the numerous pictures that I have taken for you.  Please note also that the interior has been restored and is in extremely nice condition. It appears that the front and rear seats, headliner, wood grain, door panels, instrument bezel and steering wheel and carpet have all been redone recently. I have numerous pages of work orders showing various items being redone including  the engine being redone completely.  It has had very few miles put on it since the engine has been done.

THERE WERE ONLY 3 CARS BUILT AFTER THIS CAR.  SO IT ON OF THE LAST KR’S EVER BUILT.

In general the 1968 GT 350/500’s were much more aggressive looking than the ‘67 Shelby’s.  One of the reasons for this was the much larger grille opening with the inset rectangular driving lights. Interesting note is that this was the FIRST production car to ever have driving lights. The hood itself was much different than the 67 in that it had a scoop that was located right at the edge of the hood and the scoop itself went completely across the entire hood. The combination of the larger and more aggressive looking grille and the larger hood scoop right at the end of the hood made it the most fearsome appearing Shelby made to date. Another item on the hood that added to “Bad Boy “ imagine was the  row of  louvers at both corners on the back of the hood that extracted hot air out of the engine compartment. Other new items on the 68’s was the large sequential taillights, taken from the 65 T-Birds. They were mounted in a fiberglass panel that also sported a new very cool looking pop open gas cap with a large Cobra on it. On the inside of the car the were several items that made the Shelby’s look different than a regular Mustang. The wood grain center console had a pair of Stewart Warner gauges mounted at the top of this very nice looking console along with special brackets for the Shelby seat belts. The standard equipment roll bar with the special inertia shoulder harness obviously separated the Shelby from the normal Mustang. Another nice touch added to the Shelby interior was the Cobra embossed center console which made quite a statement all by  itself.  Of course all the  Shelby’s had the most expensive luxury interiors with wood grain everywhere you looked.  

NOW I WILL TELL YOU ABOUT SOME OF THE MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A GT 500 AND A KR OR "KING OF THE ROAD" AS THE WERE KNOWN. 

This is what Hot Rod magazine said about the Cobra Jet Mustangs in the March  1968 issue.  QUOTE “ HOT ROD SEES THE LIGHT”. “The Cobra Jet will be the utter delight of every Ford lover and the bane of all the rest because, quite frankly, it is the fastest running Pure Stock in the history of man”

The block was a higher grade block casting of nodular iron rather than the cheaper grey iron used in regular GT500’s. The heads were from Ford’s famous 427 engine and were called 427 low riser heads. The Cobra Jet heads had even larger ports than the regular 427 heads. The main caps were also made out of the special nodular iron rather than the PI’s grey iron. The block was fitted with a high pressure oil pump, forged rods and large diameter connection rod bolts. This new Cobra Jet engine was putting out so much more horsepower the Ford engineers decided that they needed to beef-up the bottom of the shock towers with ¼ inch steel to strengthen the motor mounts and front end. The KR’s also had wider rear brake shoes and drums, heavy duty wheel cylinders, larger diameter exhaust system.  Four speed cars had staggered shocks to stop rear spring wind-up and wheel hop. All came with Traction Loc differentials. Other new items added to the KR’s interior was the Cobra Jet emblem on the dash and a wooden shift knob with the Cobra logo on it.  The GT500 KR letters on the side of the car were unique in that they were taller than they were wide which is the way they had been since 1965. There were no periods after the letters G and T like there were in the past either. There were also special badges that said Cobra Jet 428 with a large Cobra next to those items. There is some very interesting history regarding how the name came about for the NEW Cobra Jet powered < Shelby. Shelby had heard through the grape-vine that Chevy was planning on naming a new car with a Monster motor in 1969 “The King of the Road”. Since Shelby was a very small company without all the red tape that Ford and Chevy pertaining to how fast they could make a decision on anything; he decided to beat Chevy to the punch a name the new Cobra-Jet Shelby  KR for King of the Road.  As you can imagine this was quite humorous to both Ford and Shelby.

Production totals for GT500 KR’s: Fastbacks  - 1053;  Convertibles  -  517

 The KR’s were made in the last 3 months of 68 Shelby production. 

 

Steve 281-531-9090 or mustangman048@sbcglobal.net

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